Fischer Again Asks Kerrey Whether Or Not He Supports Welfare Reform

July 24, 2012

FISCHER: “Former Senator Bob Kerrey Voted Against The Welfare Reform Act Of 1996. I Believe It Is Important That Nebraskans Know Where Mr. Kerrey Stands On President Obama’s Decision To End Mandatory Work Requirements, And Whether Or Not He Still Opposes The Welfare Reform Act.”

“At The Very Least, I Hope Mr. Kerrey Will Join Me In Calling On President Obama To Stop Sidestepping Congress And Begin Working With House Leadership In A Bipartisan Fashion To Address The Challenges Facing Our Nation.”

LINCOLN, Nebraska, July 24, 2012 - In response to a letter sent yesterday by Congressional Republicans to Health and Human Service (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius expressing concern over the President’s unilateral decision to end mandatory work requirements for welfare, U.S. Senate candidate Deb Fischer released the following statement:

“Yesterday, 76 members of the House sent HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius a letter expressing disappointment that President Obama has once again circumvented Congress by unilaterally waiving mandatory work requirements for welfare.

“President Obama’s move would essentially dismantle the Welfare Reform Act of 1996, which is landmark, bipartisan legislation that was supported by President Clinton and both Congressional Democrats and Republicans.

“I have previously stated that any attempt to change existing law, including waiving work requirements in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, must be done with the prior approval of Congress.

“I believe the Welfare Reform Act, although not perfect, has been a mostly effective program that has decreased child poverty and created opportunities for millions of Americans.

“Former Senator Bob Kerrey voted against the Welfare Reform Act of 1996. I believe it is important that Nebraskans know where Mr. Kerrey stands on President Obama’s decision to end mandatory work requirements, and whether or not he still opposes the Welfare Reform Act.

“At the very least, I hope Mr. Kerrey will join me in calling on President Obama to stop sidestepping Congress and begin working with House leadership in a bipartisan fashion to address the challenges facing our nation.”